About the Pianokids™ Method

The Pianokids teaching method is the brainchild of Angela Grace, or “Ms. Angela,” as her piano students have called her for over 35 years.

Ms. Angela started her music training when she was 8 years old. She took traditional music lessons for years, and performed at classical piano recitals well into her teens.

She began teaching piano at the request of some members of her church who wanted to learn to play. Before long she had several students, so she set up her own private studio in the Pensacola, Florida area.

When a world renowned piano company invited Ms. Angela to a training program to learn how to teach piano to preschool children, she eagerly accepted. That was where she came to appreciate the numerous benefits children enjoy when they start learning music as early as three years old.

Against the Grain

Somewhat against the traditional piano teaching mindset, Ms. Angela began to bring more and more 3- to 5-year-old children into her growing piano studio.

This age group became her sole focus starting in 1989, and over the next few years she fine-tuned her process of teaching piano to this very young age group.

Ms. Angela tried out new ideas on her own children during this time, and when she discovered methods that worked, she added them to the curriculum. These methods evolved into what we now know as the Pianokids method.

She incorporated as Piano Kids, Inc., in 1994, and shortly after that, the program took off! The program gained popularity and the company expanded quickly.

Ms. Angela hired eight additional instructors and trained them to teach the method in group settings, in preschools as well as elementary after-school programs.

At the height of the program, which lasted about 10 years, the Pianokids method was taught in many schools in two Florida counties, with an enrollment of as many as 300 students per year.

Making Changes

When her eldest daughter started high school in 1999, Ms. Angela grew weary of the rigorous schedule of managing several teachers and hundreds of students. She returned to private instruction, once again teaching students one-on-one in her home studio.

She definitely stayed busy, though, maintaining a private studio enrollment of up to 50 students per week for several years! With all her children grown and out of the house, she and her husband decided to “retire” to South Carolina in 2010.

But retirement didn’t really sit well with Ms. Angela. She had often dreamed of expanding her Pianokids program, and she began to regret shutting the company down. Knowing how well the program works and the many benefits that accrue to Pianokids graduates, she wanted to share it with as many parents as possible around the globe.

With internet access now widely available, and the technology now available, she decided to move the program online. This website is the beginning of that endeavor.

The Real Life Piano Kids

Ms. Angela is the proud mother of three children, Erica, Evan and Erin, after whom three characters in the Pianokids lessons books are named. It was the least she could do, after they served her so well as Pianokids’ “Research and Development” department!

They each started learning piano with her curriculum at three, and continued playing piano along with other band instruments, as well as tennis, barrel racing, surfing, and hunting through high school.

Erica and Erin taught in their mom’s studio during high school and into their college years. Evan focused on other pursuits, but he did manage to keep his piano skills sharp enough to impress the girls he dated.

Ms. Angela is married to her beloved high school sweetheart, Danny (also a character in the books!), and he was instrumental in the decision to move to the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina. She travels to Florida regularly and remains very close to her family and friends there.

In 2014, she was blessed with her first grandchild, Isla Grace, who is sure to become another character in the Pianokids program very soon!